• (L - R) 'Shrill', 'Couples Therapy', 'Deadwater Fell' and 'The Bureau' (SBS)Source: SBS
Don't limit yourself to just watching heart-warming, family themed films with Mum this weekend. Why not watch a new series together at SBS On Demand? Because hey, mums like TV shows, too.
Ally Caracatsanis

6 May 2021 - 8:52 AM  UPDATED 6 May 2021 - 10:38 AM


Why Women Kill

This dark comedy from Marc Cherry, the creator of Desperate Housewives is led by Ginnifer Goodwin, Lucy Liu and Kirby Howell-Baptiste. They play three women across three different decades, who all live in the same house in Pasadena, California and who (as the title would suggest) commit murder. We meet Beth Ann Stanton (Ginnifer Goodwin) in 1963, Simone Grove (Lucy Liu), onto her third marriage in 1984, and Taylor Harding (Kirby Howell-Baptiste), who’s in an open marriage in 2019. Each era is represented with exceptional colour, design and style, there are twists and turns aplenty and wonderful performances from the cast. But the main question is, do they get away with murder? 

Season 1 of Why Women Kill is now streaming at SBS On Demand. Season 2 is coming later this year.




Let's keep it light and colourful with a female-focused series that is both comedic and dramatic. Based on her memoir, Lindy West created Shrill with Alexandra Rushfield and Aidy Bryant, who also plays the lead, Annie. Annie wants to change her life – but not her body. She is trying to push her career as a journalist and writer forward all while juggling bad boyfriends, a sick parent, internet trolls and a perfectionist boss. Along the way Annie, with help from her best friend Fran (Lolly Adefope), figures out who she is and what she wants from her life. Does Annie have flaws? Yes. Is she relatable? Absolutely, and that's what makes this superbly written comedy a must-see. Plus the third and final season arrives at 2pm, Friday 7 May at SBS On Demand, so there's no better time to start watching.

Shrill is now streaming at SBS On Demand. Start from the beginning:




The Handmaid's Tale

It's been some time between seasons of The Handmaid's Tale, but the long awaited fourth season is finally here. Can I get a Praise Be?! In season 4, June (Elisabeth Moss) strikes back against Gilead as a fierce rebel leader, but the risks she takes bring unexpected and dangerous new challenges. Her quest for justice and revenge threatens to consume her and destroy her most cherished relationships. 

With the show's return, award-winning SBS-produced The Handmaid's Tale companion podcast is also back. Eyes on Gilead offers an engrossing debrief about each premiere episode, and exclusive interviews with the stars and key talent behind the show. You can subscribe to Eyes On Gilead on your preferred podcast platform now, to ensure you don't miss an episode. 

Season 4 of The Handmaid's Tale is streaming at SBS On Demand with new episodes arriving weekly on Thursdays at 7:01pm and airing on SBS from 9:30pm. Need a refresher? Click here.



Deadwater Fell

If you are after more dark drama, look no further. Starring Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) and David Tennant (Doctor WhoBroadchurch), this four-part crime drama is set in the fictional Scottish town of Kirkdarroch and follows two families in the aftermath of a horrific crime. One night the community is drawn to Tom's (Tennant) home in the forest by the flicker of flames and the smell of smoke. Amid the confusion Tom's wife Kate (Anne Madeley) and their three children are found dead while Tom is rushed to hospital. As the fingers of suspicion point first to Tom, then to others as more details of that night emerge, Jess (Jumbo) becomes desperate to understand what could have caused such a tragedy, and what secrets lie at the root of this terrible act.

Deadwater Fell is now streaming at SBS On Demand with new episodes arriving weekly on Wednesdays.



The Killing

This series is really the one that made Nordic Noir a hit in Australia. Lead character Sarah Lund (Sofie Gråbøl) quickly became iconic in her Fair isle knit jumper. Season 1 takes place over 20 gripping episodes and 20 days in Copenhagen. On what is supposed to be her last day in the homicide department, Lund is thrown into the murder investigation of 19-year-old Nanna Birk Larsen. The Larsen family and their friends struggle to cope with the loss. Meanwhile a top politician is involved in a ruthless but promising election campaign. As the investigation unfolds, Copenhagen opens up like a Chinese box, full of secrets and power struggles and everyone becomes a part of the same story as police follow the leads. Running for just 3 seasons, The Killing certainly left its mark as one of the best Nordic Noir series.

Every episode of The Killing is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



The Bureau

If you are a Nordic Noir fan, chances are you have devoured all that's currently streaming (and there's a lot of it – it even has its own program page). Luckily the French are also producing some incredible thriller series and you cannot go past The Bureau. Based on real accounts from French spies, the series reveals what life is like for the deep cover agents that put their lives on the line in the 'Bureau of Legends' (a clandestine branch of the French Secret Service). It features an all-star cast that's a who's who of French cinema including lead Mathieu Kassovitz (Amélie), Louis Garrel (Little Women), Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Florence Loiret Caille (Spiral – another excellent crime series from France), and two episodes in season 5 are directed by Palme d’Or winning director Jacques Audiard (Dheepan). This spy thriller will hook you in with its tense storylines and world-class cinematic quality. 

Every episode of The Bureau is now streaming at SBS On Demand.




Liberté, égalité, nudité! Vikings George Blagden plays Louis XIV in this historical drama full of sex, spying and political intrigue. When we first meet him, Louis is 28 and commissioning the construction of Versailles, his ploy to keep the nobles out of Paris and permanently impose his absolute power. Haunted by a traumatic childhood, he's nevertheless an outstanding political strategist, manipulator and Machiavellian. We watch his transformation into the Sun King and meet a range of figures from history along the way, from the most well-known courtier to the most humble villager, all guiding us through this world of betrayal and intimate secrets, political manoeuvres and declarations of war, revealing Versailles in all its glory and brutality.

Every episode of Versailles is now streaming at SBS On Demand.




Considerably more modern, Riviera is still full of drama, conspiracies and stunning locations and costumes (the hair though could never compare). Dive right into the heart of luxe on the French Riviera's Côte d'Azur, the setting of this thrilling series starring Julia Stiles as Georgina Clios. When her billionaire banker husband Constantino (Anthony LaPaglia) is mysteriously killed, Georgina is determined to find out what happened. But the deeper she looks into how it happened, the darker things get. The drama and conspiracies continue in the second and third seasons of Riviera, as do the amazing costumes and locations. The third season takes Georgina to the picturesque canals of Venice, Italy and the romance of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Every episode of Riviera is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Up Series

Nine instalments. Fifty-five years. One astonishing snapshot of life as it happens. The ground-breaking, award-winning documentary series from director Michael Apted returns to visit the people every seven years beginning in 1964 when they were seven. The series is a window into many different lives and there are some unexpected and surprising twists along the way. Sadly Michael Apted passed away at 79 earlier this year. Not just an acclaimed documentarian he also directed Oscar-nominated feature films including Coal Miner's Daughter and Gorillas in the Mist

Up Series (7 Up – 63 Up) is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Couples Therapy

Steering clear of reality show caricatures this documentary series from the US follows four couples in their weekly therapy sessions. Guided by world-class therapist, Dr Orna Guralnik, the couples move through struggles, confrontations and breakthroughs. This insightful series unlocks the hidden world of other people's relationships. This is real, not manufactured and doesn't feel as voyeuristic as you might think. Plus there is a COVID lockdown special where Dr Guralnik continued working with her clients via Zoom sessions.

Season 1 of Couples Therapy (including the COVID special) is now streaming at SBS On Demand.



The Playlist 143 - The Oscars 2021 / Andra Day ('The United States vs. Billie Holiday') interview / 'See What You Made Me Do' / 'The Handmaid's Tale'

This episode, Fiona and Ben are dissecting a very different Oscars ceremony this year, picking out the highlights and lowlights, evaluating the winners and losers, and asking if the Academy Awards continue to matter? Plus Fiona has an interview with Andra Day, the Oscar-nominated star of 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday'. And Fiona and Ben offer up their SBS On Demand Picks: 'See What You Made Me Do' and a new season of 'The Handmaid's Tale'.

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